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    Open to Interpretation: How Karaite Judaism Addresses the Difficult Questions

    With Shawn Lichaa

    When: Tuesday, 11/1/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Export event

    Where: Room E-104

    Karaite Jews derive their laws from the Tanakh, and do not accept post-biblical works, such as the Talmud, as authoritative. Karaite Judaism is the longest-lasting and most successful of the non-Rabbinic Jewish movements. Its major population centers are in Israel and the San Francisco Bay Area. This interactive presentation will explain how Karaite Judaism offers a different paradigm to interpret biblical verses that most of us take for granted.

    The talk will cover:

    • How Karaite understanding of kashrut is both more restrictive and more flexible than in Rabbinic Judaism
    • How Karaites maintain as many of the biblical commandments as possible, even while adapting their religious approach to a post-biblical world
    • How Karaite Jews embrace diversity of opinion in areas that are foreclosed to interpretation in the Rabbinic tradition
    • The future of non-Rabbinic Jewish movements
    Shawn Joe Lichaa is the founder of A Blue Thread, A Jewish Blog with a Thread of Karaite Throughout and a co-author of As it is Written: A Brief Case for Karaism. He has spoken about Karaite Judaism at many venues, including synagogues, Jewish day schools, the Library of Congress and the Association of Jewish Libraries. In coordination with the Karaite Jews of America, he has recently launched The Karaite Press which aims to revive historical Karaite Jewish literature.



    Tuesday, November 1

    1:00–2:30 PM
    Room E-104
    $15 or one punch of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]



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